It has been a busy week of road trippin’ and family time as I enjoyed a little break from work to recharge for the second half of the year– can you believe that?! After a fun trip to the Omaha Zoo and doing some more yard work (updates to come soon!), we wrapped up the week with a little Independence Day celebration!
Every year on the 4th of July, our neighborhood has a “parade.” The kids decorate their bikes and dress up in their best red, white, and blue outfits and follow a fire truck through the streets of the neighborhood. Last year was our first time joining the parade, but Mya seemed to enjoy the experience a little more this time around. She was showing off her true patriotic style, complete with her tutu (thanks Grandma!), stars-and-stripes glasses (thanks Great Nana!), and sun hat (thanks Nahn!) I took the less creative route and wore the same red polo as last year.
WAMEGO 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
After our own little parade, it was time to load up and make our way to Wamego, KS to enjoy one of the biggest celebrations in the state. You can pack quite a few activities into the day throughout downtown. Start off the morning checking out some classic cars at the Walter P. Chrysler auto show in City Park – the founder of the Chrysler Corporation was born in Wamego in 1875. Fuel up for the day’s activities with some BBQ and homemade pie at the First United Methodist Church, and check out the carnival, which runs for several days around the 4th. These are just a few of the many activities going on throughout the day.
Since we hit our neighborhood parade in the morning and opted to spend some more time barbecuing and splashing around with family during the afternoon, we missed out on a lot of the above events but were sure to make it into town in time for the largest and longest running parade in Kansas. This was its 143rd year! Mya loved the bands and was obsessed with the horses, which we could see staged to join the end of the parade from our spot near the start.
The night is capped off with the best fireworks show in the state, all organized and executed by local volunteers. The 30-minute show packs a punch, with over 16,500 shots in this years display. It is even choreographed to a soundtrack that you can tune into on a local radio station. Since Mya still isn’t quite ready to stay up for the 10 pm show, she and Ashley missed out on the fireworks this year. I got a unique opportunity to watch from a little different perspective this time around, circling town a couple thousand feet above.
If you never make it to any other part of the celebration in Wamego, I would absolutely recommend making it a point to see the fireworks show – you won’t leave disappointed. I can’t wait to take Mya when she can stay up a little later and see her reaction to all of the sights and sounds of the show.
How did you spend your 4th of July weekend?